Kojima may have revealed Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’s release date

Sunday, 7 December 2014 23:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain made a good showing at The Game Awards 2014, but it looks like creator Hideo Kojima may have done more than show off Metal Gear Online.

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Metal Gear Solid fans watching the awards show spotted some text on Kojima’s shirt.

According to Reddit, the text in question was “tjugoandra den sj├Ątte” – Swedish for “twenty second the sixth”.

That’s not how Swedes describe dates, but making allowances for a bit of dodgy translation, fans have theorised that the phrase means Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release on June 22, 2015.

This may sound like tinfoil hat territory, but it makes a lot of sense in context: remember, Metal Gear Solid 5 was originally announced as The Phantom Pain, an unrelated title developed by a fictional studio based in Sweden. There’s a lot of Swedish in P.T., the playable teaser used to stealth announce Kojima’s Silent Hills, too.

On the other hand, June 22 is a Monday, which is an unlikely release date for a game in the US. Still, Metal Gear Solid is one of the few franchises big enough to demand a simultaneous, non-Tuesday global launch.

The official word from Konami is that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is coming in 2015, to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Missed TGA 2014? Watch the full reveal of Metal Gear Online.

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